On twitter I am in contact with Buffalo Post and other Native American sources. I suppose anyone can just google "Leonard Peltier" for a variety of
sources. Writing from South Africa, I know that Desmond Tutu and others have spoken out for Leonard Peltier to go free. Can anybody update me? Why is
this suffering old man still not free?
I've read that he could have gone free in the Clinton years, but the FBI actually protested against this. They will never admit their cover-up and
scapegoating of this man, despite discredited leaders involved under the Nixon administration. My heart aches so badly to hear of an inoocent man
abused in a US prison. Why don't US people care? Don't you realize, any of you could end up there innocently? Is that the collateral damage for your
justice? God help you.
Yes, and he's just the tip of the iceberg.
Thanks for the flags peope, but please also comment!
The sheer spite of people who chose to conspire so many years ago. Many have died since then. But the others? How can they sleep?
I suppose he did make people angry. In certain parts of the US, the message must still be sent that minorities must obey dominant culture. They were
Indians standing up to power. The chances were not good, but many would perhaps say that they made a difference.
That could be understood in a number of ways. Do you mean AIM is the rhetoric of white liberals without any real support, or do you mean people are
still frightened when white agents interogate people?
AIM was the American Indian Movement. Maybe still is. The members from Leonard's hood I think killed an FBI agent. They wanted to forcefully take
back their land. So all I'm sayin is if yur just a poor white man walking and you want to start talking about the AIM, the boys from the rez dont see
any good that will come out of talking about it. Your now on Indian Time.
(BTW- whats a white liberal without any real support? Thats funny!)
Here in South Africa there's a lot of white academics and (lucky) whites with jobs. They talk about apartheid before 1994 and black suffering, and
they always choose a politically correct, defunct position. They have neither the wider support of the white minority, nor will it benefit them when
the crunch comes. To spew political rhetoric has become a job, but the black majority regards them as devious and more racist than more crude and
They were not forcefully trying to take back their land as such. They were trying to stop FBI backed goons beating and intimitating people into
submission. Over 1000 bullets were fired by the FBI and their goons at women and children. What they were doing was self-defense.
Yes these people are lucky to have a job.
Any yes there was self defense. But the FBI goons just dont walk right in and fire off 1000 rounds without being some what provoked. You know like
Waco. They made a stand. and now its over. Goodnite.
Maybe Waco is over, but the questions it raised will linger. As far as I know Pine Ridge and other Native communities are still there, so maybe that
specific conflict is over, but Indian country is far from over.
"Provoke" is a relative term. I think it is very contextualized to a certain , historic setting. Nobody is sure what exactly provoked the massacre
at Wounded Knee, for example. But the fact that the cavelry brought gattling guns demonstrates the atmosphere.
The answer is simple...
AIM may be dead but Leonard Peltier is one of the few Natives who can polarize the tribes enough to set aside our differences and unify us into a real
political force... naturally that scares not just washington but many comfortable fat cat tribal leaders...
Oh yes we too have our own, complacent, grown rich off cassino's and government subsides money leaders... they wouldn't like to see Leonard Peltier
walk in and upset the apple cart.
When we older folks talk about Leonard Peltier we do so with reverence, respect but we also talk about him in past tense. without his own peoples
backing he's there for good...
Who are "his people"? Lakota, American Indians, the USA, international believers in justice and human rights? I think he has had lasting support
from various quarters. The problem with support for global political prisoners is that the victimizers are even more likely to dig in their heels and
become intransigent. It's, as you intimate, the idea, rather than the individual they fear.
I have signed many petitions calling for his release, as have many other people. Much of the details of the events at Oglala are unknown. For further
information, read In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiesen and watch Incident at Oglala by Michael Apted, narrated by Robert Redford.
Here is the site for his defense committee:
This seems to be the current website for his defense committee... The site that was linked prior has not been updated since 2007. There is still so
much that we do not understand about this case. Free Leonard Peltier!
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